Acer Swift X (2022)


Acer Swift X 2022 with a TR background

The Acer Swift X (2022) offers a great performance as a work or education device, with the Intel Arc GPU helping to give it a slightly better graphics performance than your average laptop. It also comes with a great selection of ports, has a reliable battery and a large screen that’s ideal for working with multiple tabs open.

Pros

  • Bright, large display
  • Great performance
  • Full keyboard
  • Great port selection
Cons

  • Touchpad can feel unresponsive
  • Unattractive, chunky design
  • Intel Arc pales in comparison to Nvidia and AMD GPUs
Availability

  • UKRRP: £1299.99
  • USARRP: $1299.99
  • Europeunavailable
  • CanadaRRP: CA$1649.99
  • Australiaunavailable
Key Features
  • 12th-generation Intel Core processorLaptop comes with an Intel Core i7 processor to tackle high-end workloads.
  • Multiple port optionsComes with ports for USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.2, HDMI and 3.5mm audio jack
  • Intel Arc GPU Comes installed with a discrete Intel GPU

Introduction

The Acer Swift X (2022) comes with a 12th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and packs a large 16-inch display that is great to work on thanks to its 16:10 aspect ratio.

There is only one flavour of CPU when it comes to this laptop – the Intel Core i7-1260P – which delivered great processing speeds, making this a solid productivity device. It’s also one of the first laptops to come with an Intel Arc discrete GPU that allows for more graphical power.

However, the chunky design and problematic touchpad mean that it’s not a perfect device. With all that in mind, here is how I got on with the latest Acer Swift X.

Design

  • Sturdy build quality
  • Great selection of ports
  • Touchpad can feel unresponsive

The Acer Swift X is a hefty device, weighing in at 1.7kg. I didn’t think it was too heavy to take on the go to work, although it is noticeable in a backpack. A lot of the weight can be attributed to the discrete GPU due to the extra cooling that’s required, so anyone who wants a lighter laptop may want to look for a less powerful laptop like the Surface Laptop Go 2.

The heavy weight does help add to this laptop’s sturdiness and I noticed that there was no flex in the chassis while typing, with the build feeling high quality.

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There is only one colour option for this device, and while I do think the grey is mature and subtle, it would have been nice to see some flashier colours available, like the attractive Spruce Green variation on the Huawei MateBook 14s.

Unlike the MateBook series, the Swift X feels and looks pretty chunky. This isn’t a dealbreaker, but it does make the laptop look a little outdated compared to the slim and sleek design of other laptops, like the MacBook Air.

The thicker design, however, does mean that Acer has added multiple port options to the device. It packs two USB-C ports – both of which support Thunderbolt 4 – two USB 3.2 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port as well as a 3.5mm audio jack.

Acer Swift port selectionImage Credits (Trusted Reviews)

I loved the large selection of ports and it meant that I didn’t need to worry about dongles or finding specific cables while at work, which is a problem I frequently encounter with other modern laptops.

I also thought that the keyboard was satisfying to use, and I think the numeric keypad is a great addition that will come in handy for anyone working with numbers and spreadsheets.

The touchpad was a letdown, as I felt that it was harder to use than I expected. It felt very slow, and I had to apply a lot of pressure to highlight text or click on a link.

The keyboard on the Acer Swift X 2022Image Credits (Trusted Reviews)

I did eventually get used to the feeling of using it over time, but it doesn’t have the same smooth feel as the MateBook 16s and doesn’t feature any handy haptic feedback like the Dell XPS 13 Plus.

I did find that the webcam worked well for the Zoom calls I was on, with the camera being able to track my face and keep it in focus. The microphone was also serviceable, and I didn’t have any complaints of my voice dropping or sounding distorted.

Screen

  • 16-inch screen
  • 2560×1600 resolution
  • Brighter than average display

The Acer Swift X packs a 16-inch screen and comes with a refresh rate of either 60Hz. The top bezel that houses the webcam is slightly thick, although I wouldn’t say that the screen feels too clustered as a result.

An OLED panel would also have been nice, and some real competition for the Dell XPS 13 OLED. However, I’m not surprised to see an LCD panel for this price point, and the 2560×1600 resolution was more than sharp enough to watch TV on.

The Acer Swift X TR screen Image Credits (Trusted Reviews)

In order to back up my personal claims, I also ran multiple tests using various industry tests, and a colourimeter. The brightness came in at 428.45 nits, which is much higher than the standard 300-nit brightness found on most laptops. It also fared well if I wanted to work outside.

The contrast scored a less impressive 1318:1, which also explains why it’s not great for dealing with darker movies or shows, but it’s still a respectable score.

I decided to watch The Midnight Gospel using the Swift X, since the show is known for its vibrant colour palette. The show looked punchy and bright, and there was no noticeable oversaturation.

Midnight Gospel on the Acer Swift X laptopImage Credits (Trusted Reviews)

The colour accuracy isn’t perfect, however, as we found in our testing. The sRGB test came out with a score of 98.7% but the Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 testing underwhelmed, scoring 75% and 78% respectively.

Those certainly aren’t bad scores for a productivity laptop like this, but it does mean that this laptop screen compete with the likes of the MacBook Pro or Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED when it comes professional creative use – they’re better equipped to present a wider range of colours accurately, which is important for colour-sensitive tasks like photo or video editing.

Performance

  • 12th-gen i7-1260P processor
  • Intel Arc discrete GPU
  • Great read and write scores

The Acer Swift X comes packed with a 12th Generation Alder Lake processor. I found that this processor was extremely speedy and could handle heavy workloads, making it an ideal productivity device, though there is only one CPU variation available.

To back up my real-world use I also conducted some industry-standard benchmarks tests to see how it stacks up against other laptops on the market. Looking at the table below, we can see that the Swift X scored incredibly well in our Geekbench 5 test, only beaten in the single-core test by the MacBook Air M2 (2022).

Acer Swift X (2022) Huawei MateBook 16s LG Gram 16 (2022) MacBook Air M2 (2022)

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